City church to host an­nual Christkindlfest on Sat., Sun.

The Hazleton Standard-Speaker - - COMMUNITY -

Christ Lutheran Church, Church and Green streets, Ha­zle­ton, will host its 19th an­nual Christkindlfest (Christ Child cel­e­bra­tion) on Satur­day and Sun­day from noon to 5 p.m.

The cen­ter­piece of this fes­ti­val is the sound and light Fon­tanini Na­tiv­ity dis­play.

The birth­place of Christ with its en­vi­rons is recre­ated on an 8-foot-by-20-foot plat­form fea­tur­ing more than 100 fig­ures de­pict­ing the peo­ple, an­i­mals and build­ings of pe­riod Beth­le­hem.

Th­ese finely crafted 5-inch to scale Fon­tanini fig­ures, im­ported from Italy, au­then­ti­cally repli­cate the cos­tumes and the land­scapes of the time, bring­ing the story of Je­sus’ birth to life.

En­hanc­ing the sta­tion­ary dis­play is an in­spir­ing pro­gram of light­ing, mu­sic and nar­ra­tion. This 20- minute pro­gram tells the Christmas story from the An­gel’ s an­nun­ci­a­tion to Mary, through the ar ri­val of the Three Wise Men. It is pre­sented ev­ery half hour dur­ing the af­ter­noon.

Another at­trac­tion at the fes­ti­val is the Tannenbaum Tea Shop, served along with colo­nial Was sail( a hot punch) and an as­sort­ment of tea sand­wiches, scones and spreads.

This is the per­fect place to take a break and en­joy the tastes of the sea­son. While are re­lax­ing with a hot drink, be en­ter­tained by a series of lo­cal mu­si­cians and artists per­form­ing on the cen­ter court stage.

This year’s slate of en­ter­tain­ers in­cludes Sherri O’Don­nell and All T hat Dancin’, Mark Bil­let, or­gan­ist; Joe Bog­wist, the Swing Masters Polka Band, and the Ha­zle­ton Area High School’s Acad­emy of Arts and Hu­man­i­ties, all ap­pear­ing on Satur­day.

Sun­day brings Bill Job and karaoke, Dan DeMelfi School of Mu­sic, the Ha­zle­ton Lib­erty Band, San­dra Hoppey and Lynn An­tolick and Noreen Gre­gory.

The Tea Room Gift Shop will fea­ture fine china tea pots, cups and saucers are for sale. There is also a va­ri­ety of aprons, vin­tage Christmas or­na­ments, dec­o­ra­tions and greet­ing cards.

The chil­dren will be de­lighted by a visit from St. Ni­cholas( Sin­ter klaus) dressed in an au­then­tic cos­tume from Hol­land.

Each child will re­ceive a treat. Pho­tos may be taken with the saint, so those

at­tend­ing are wel­come to bring their cam­era.

The Christmas Craft Shop will fea­ture many hand­made hol­i­day crafts. A silent auc­tion fea­tur­ing many mu­si­cal tricky trays will also be held. Th­ese two venues will give ev­ery­one a chance to get a head start on their Christmas shop­ping. A sale

of hand-made baked goods and candy will also be avail­able.

Thou­sands of peo­ple have en­joyed the fes­ti­val since its in­cep­tion.

The Rev. Wayne Lupole, pas­tor of Christ Church, on be­half of the en­tire con­gre­ga­tion, in­vites ev­ery­one to ex­pe­ri­ence this Yule­tide

treat.

Ad­mis­sion to the event and the na­tiv­ity dis­play are free. Park­ing is avail­able on nearby mu­nic­i­pal lots and on the lot ad­ja­cent to the church.

Vis­i­tors should use the 210 W. Green St. en­trance, which is also ramped for hand­i­cap ac­cess.

ELLEN F. O’CON­NELL / STAFF PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

Christ Lutheran Church, North Church and West Green streets, Ha­zle­ton, will host its 19th an­nual Christkindlfest (Christ Child Cel­e­bra­tion) from noon to 5 p.m. on Satur­day and Sun­day. The event, which is free to the pub­lic, fea­tures a Tannenbaum tea shop, tricky trays, a bake sale and home­made candy, a Christmas craft shop and en­ter­tain­ment. Pic­tured at the Fon­tanini Na­tiv­ity dis­play­ing more than 100 Fon­tanini fig­ures im­ported from Italy, are from left: Dorothy Stamm, Theresa Fritz, Cathy Pino and the Rev. Wayne Lupole, pas­tor. Barry Jais was not present for the photo.

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